Linda DeRamus, 13 Jan 1998
This will has been typed as written by John Tart. I had to leave several spaces blank as I
was unable to make out the writing.
[Note from Victoria: where I believe I know the missing word, I have inserted same
within brackets. Please consult the original document though!]
Will of John Tart
In the Name of God Amen,
I John Tart of the District of Marion and State of South Carolina being weak in body. but.
of sound disposing mind and memory. do make this my Last Will and Testament. in
manner and form following. Imprimis - It is my Will and desire that all my Just Debts be
paid - Item - to my beloved wife Nancy Tart I leave one negroe woman Named Betsy.,
during the term. of her natural life and no Longer. Item - To my sons, James Tart, John
G. Tart, Enos Tart, Thomas A. Tart., Roderick Tart, and Jerome Tart, I give and bequeath
all the Lands of which I may die psfsfsed, and to which I have any right Title or Claim
Each one of my Sons. portion to be afourtained by the Divifsion to be made by three
respectable disinterested freeholders. To them their heirs and afsigns forever. Item to my
Daughter Mary Odom, I give and bequeath one negroe fellow named Peter, and to her
heirs afsign forever. Item to my Daughter Catherine Jones, I give and bequeath one negroe
boy named Frank, and to her heirs and afsigns forever. Item, to my Daughter Martha
Deer. I give and bequeath one negroe fellow named Lee, and to her heirs and afsigns
forever. Item to my Daughter Sarah Bird, I give and bequeath one negroe boy named
Monroe, and to her heirs and afsigns forever. Item, to my two youngest Daughters
Elizabeth Tart. and Nancy Tart I give and bequeath two negroe Girls Deborah and
Charlotte with their future ______ [increase], and to their heirs and afsigns forever. But in
Case Either one my my said daughters Elizabeth Tart, and Nancy Tart should die under age or
without Lawful _____ [issue] It is my will and desire that the Bequest of the negroes
and _____ [increase] of the Said negroes and return to my said ___mentioned in the third Clause
of this will, to be equally divided among them that is that the part or portion of her so dying,
vest in the manner. above stated. It is further my will and desire, that my eldest son James
Tart do take into his pofssfsion the Said, negroes. Deborah and Charlotte and their ____,
and out of the proceeds, of their labour, do maintain support, and Educate my Said daughters,
until they severally arrive to the age of twenty one years. It is also my further will and
desire that. for the Education and support of my three youngest sons. Thomas A Tart, Roderick
Tart, and Jerome Tart. that my said Son James Tart do take into his pofssfsion my two
negroe fellows Dick and George and out of the profite arrising from their Labour, Execute
this my will, until the youngest arrives to the age of twenty one years. that as soon as the
youngest arrives to that age, the Said negroes, be equally divided amoungst all my sons, by
Sale or otherwise. I also will and desire that after the Death of my Said wife Nancy Tart
the negroe woman Betsy shall return to my sons. to be equally divided amoungst them
share and share alike.
It is also my will and desire that all my household, and Kitchen furniture plantation Tools,
all my Stock of Cattle, horses, hogs, sheep and provifsions of Every discription, be sold at
public Sale, and the money arrising therefore be equally divided amounst all my said Sons.
to wit. James Tart, John G. Tart, Enos Tart, Thomas A. Tart, Roderick Tart, and Jerome
Tart. And Lastly, I nominate constitute and appoint my beloved Son. James Tart Executor
of this my Last will and Testament hereby ratifying and confirming this and no other.
Witnesth my hand and seal this twenty first day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen
hundred and twenty seven and in the 51 year of American Independence.
John Tart (Seal)
Signed Sealed published
pronounced and declared
Edw. B. Whealer
Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 260
Recorded Feby 9th, 1833
E. B. Whealer, Ordy. M. D.
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